April 13, 2016
Reflection: Coffee Corner
Coffee Corner in Hingham is a very successful small coffee shop by Hingham Harbor. It is owned by Alicia Harkness who works single-handedly almost every day behind the counter. She opened the shop about five years ago in a small space where not too many stores or companies have lasted too long. However, this shop has blossomed.
It is in a great spot for the purpose it serves, as it is near a bus stop, a shipyard, a train station, and it is within five minutes of Hingham High. It is not much of a sit down restaurant as there are only a few tables, but it is great for workers that take public transportation or students going off to school. People in these fields are able to stop in quickly and grab a coffee or something to eat and take it for the road. The shop is predominantly known for it’s coffee but it also serves things such as bagels, muffins, and breakfast sandwiches.
The store is open from 6:00 until noon, but the attendance is usually highest from 7-9, as most people are going to work or school at that time. It can get very busy around that time but it is often sporadic for the rest of the day. The customers tend to be the same people, and many of them come almost daily. Some customers sit and read the paper every day, as these are the rare ones who do tend to have a sit down breakfast. These are often construction workers or retired elderly people who are Coffee Corner regulars.
I am not a coffee drinker but I still find this shop to be one of my favorite breakfast places in town. As a family friend of the owner, I am happy to see the success of the shop to this point. I would definitely recommend it to anyone living in or visting the south shore.